Dan Orlovsky reasons why C.J. Stroud ‘100%’ belongs in the MVP conversation in his rookie season

The analyst points out that the rookie is putting up numbers similar to the likes of Patrick Mahomes.

Dan Orlovsky reasons why C.J. Stroud ‘100%’ belongs in the MVP conversation in his rookie season

Dan Orlovsky is mighty impressed with C. J. Stroud (Via user generated content)

The future is bright for the Houston Texans as the team has managed to make all the right moves in this year’s NFL draft. The organization drafted C.J. Stroud with the second pick and he is already on the path to becoming a much better QB than Deshaun Watson for the team.

His monstrous performance on Sunday where he threw for 470 yards and 5 touchdowns with 0 interceptions established him as the team’s franchise QB. In the eyes of many, including ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky, even see him in the MVP race.


The analyst made his mid-season pick for NFL MVP on ‘Get Up’, he is “100%” confident that C.J. Stroud is a worthy MVP candidate.

He was the second pick in the NFL draft. That team is 4-4. Their offense is 6th in the NFL in scoring and that is the number 1 turnover offense in the NFL. That is very directly attached to the quarterback.

Dan Orlovsky then points out that Stroud is putting up some numbers that the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are accustomed to this season. He goes on to say,

Right now, C.J. Stroud...yards, he is 7th, yards per attempt, he is third, yards per game, he is third, touchdowns, he is 6th, interceptions, he is first. Third downs, he is second, rating, he is 4th.

C.J. Stroud is still not amongst the top 10 MVP frontrunners this season

These are MVP numbers as per Orlovsky. The analyst believes that if it were Patrick Mahomes or any other QB who were putting up similar numbers, they would be in the argument to win the MVP without any doubts whatsoever. Orlovsky dismissed the fact that Stroud is in his first year and as a result is not being put into the MVP race.

I don't care if he's a rookie. 
CJ Stroud
CJ Stroud (via AP)

C.J. Stroud has turned the Texans’ offense around in his first year. Just six months ago, an anonymous NFL exec had stated that the quarterback had a disappointing score on the pre-draft S2 cognitive test and that the former OSU quarterback is not going to be good as a pro. Fast forward to Week 9 of the season and Stroud is the top pick for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Sunday’s game was monumental for Stroud as he shut the door on the face of all his haters and doubters. He shattered the league’s all-time rookie record for passing yards in a game and topped it off with a game-winning, 75-yard touchdown drive which he managed to complete in the final 46 seconds of the 4th quarter.

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